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Nov. 9, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 62
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Chancellor's Forum: Holly Petraeus Nov. 10

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a Chancellor's Forum with Hollister (Holly) K. Petraeus, senior federal executive at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 12 p.m.…READ MORE

Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm Nov. 20

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for the latest in the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate program series titled "The Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm" in the Association's 11th Floor Conference Center on Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m…READ MORE

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Message From the Chancellor: Clemency Project 2014 Seeks Volunteers

As Philadelphia lawyers, the Philadelphia Bar Association asks for your assistance with Clemency Project 2014. Clemency Project 2014 is a working group made up of the American Bar Association, The American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Federal Public and Community Defenders and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Fortunately, in recent years there have been changes in the law and charging policies that have relaxed some of the harshest sentencing practices. However, many of these changes are not available to those who were sentenced prior to recent reforms. And that is where the Obama administration's clemency initiative comes into play. The President's clemency initiative presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reverse the ravages of harsh sentencing policies that have ruined the lives of thousands of non-violent offenders and their families. Through the efforts of Clemency Project 2014, the participating organizations are identifying petitioners who appear to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Justice and recruiting and training volunteers to assist them in securing clemency. There are countless inmates who can benefit from this program, but they need lawyers to help. And they need lawyers now.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

LGBTQ Issues for Foster Care and Homeless/Out-of-Home Youth Nov. 9

The LGBT Rights and Legal Rights of Children Committees are cosponsoring "LGBTQ Issues for Foster Care and Homeless/Out-of-Home Youth." Learn about best language practices and how race, sexual orientation and gender identity can influence and constrain youths’ legal remedies and practical options.

This three substantive, one ethics credit course will be held on Monday, Nov. 9 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 12-4:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Chancellor's Forum: Holly Petraeus Nov. 10

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for a Chancellor's Forum with Hollister (Holly) K. Petraeus, senior federal executive at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 12 p.m.

Petraeus leads the Office of Servicemember Affairs and she will discuss the financial challenges that Servicemembers and their families face, and the issues they experience when dealing with businesses and scammers who target them. She will share some of the issues she hears from her travels to military installations and the actions underway to protect the finances of the Servicemembers and their families.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. To register, click here.

What Will You Do With Your Practice? Succession Planning for Lawyers Nov. 10

Whether your practice is litigation based or transactional or you work in a large firm or solo, you will discover the importance of developing a succession plan. Learn the steps you need to take to wind down your practice, how to turn your transition "wishes" into reality and the ethical concerns every attorney should consider prior to transition.

This two substantive and one ethic credit program will be held in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace Nov. 11

Take away practical guidance on dealing with employees after a pregnancy announcement, such as, learn what the pregnancy discrimination laws do and do not require from employers, get advice on how to handle job modification requests, leave requests and reinstatement and understand how to reduce your clients' legal risks.

Pregnancy discrimination has received a good deal of attention recently from the EEOC. Employers need to be aware of the new obligations imposed on them by the EEOC's new guidance. Here is your opportunity to make sure your clients are in tune with the latest developments.

This three substantive credit program will be held in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, MArket and Juniper streets, 12-3:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

2015 PDLG Diversity & Inclusion Symposium Nov. 12

The 2015 PDLG Diversity & Inclusion Symposium is being hosted by the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Association ans will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will include a morning plenary session led by Jerry Kang, professor of law at the University of California Los Angeles and its first vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and visiting scholar, Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management, will open the afternoon portion followed by breakout sessions on particular areas of interest.

The Union League of Philadelphia is located at 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For more information and to register, click here.

Corporate Pro Bono Day Nov. 12

Philadelphia VIP is set to host Corporate Pro Bono Day, at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. This pro bono training program and small business clinic is limited to corporate counsel.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is located at 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. Register with VIP by calling (215) 523-9550 or at www.phillyvip.org.

Real Property Section Reception & Awards Ceremony Nov. 12

Please join the Real Property Section at its reception and awards ceremony at Chima on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The Real Property Section will be honoring Deborah McColloch, director of the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development, with its Good Deed Award; and Michael Sklaroff, partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, with its Harris Ominsky Award. Fidelity National Title is sponsoring this event.

Chima is located at 1901 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia. For sponsorship information please contact Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org or Steve Rothberg at SRothberg@firstam.com. For more information or to register, click here.

2015 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update Nov. 17

Hear significant developments in the securities laws, as well as changes in the business and legal environment.

This program is cosponsored by the Securities Regulations Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

This four substantive and one ethics credit program will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 8 a.m. Lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Beccaria Award Reception Nov. 17

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section cordially invite you to a reception presenting the annual Beccaria Award, in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall, on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. This year's award recognizes Troy H. Wilson for his contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education. Light fare and refreshments will follow the presentation.

The Mayor's Reception Room is located in room 202 of Philadelphia City Hall. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 13. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

LCD Fall Celebration & Silent Auction Nov. 19

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) is scheduled to host its Fall Celebration & Silent Auction, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. The event gives special recognition to Dr. Murray Grossman, M.D., Ed.D for his work in the disability community and will honor James A. Rocco III and Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis, P.C. for their pro bono support of LCD’s programs. The celebration will feature a live and silent auction, music, libations, a scotch tasting and catering by Stephen Starr.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is located at 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. To purchase tickets or for more information, click here.

Sisters in Success: Leaning in and on Nov. 19

The National Bar Association's Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter, will present "Sisters in Success: Leaning in and on" at host and sponsor, Dechert LLP, on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Please join Molly Peckman, global director of legal talent at Dechert LLP, for an interactive training program to learn how to build a professional profile that will make you better known inside and outside of your firm or organization. This session also will focus on what distinguishes you and how you can create an effective individual development plan.

A reception will be held immediately following the program.

Dechert LLP is located at 2929 Arch St., 21st Floor, Philadelphia. Registration is free. To register, please contact Julie Truluck at (215) 994-2216 or at julie.truluck@dechert.com.

Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm Nov. 20

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for the latest in the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate program series titled "The Evolution of Technology and the Modern Day Law Firm" in the Association's 11th Floor Conference Center on Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. Technology is continuously evolving and changing the practice of law. Traditionally, law firms are slower to update their technological platforms, but with an insurgence of new tools and applications, they need to adapt and take advantage of these advances.

The panelists will illuminate the pitfalls of technological evolution and measures to take to ensure client safety and security in a wireless environment. They will share current trends, anticipated client demands and how it all fits into lease and real estate issues.

There is no coast to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here.

Barristers' Annual Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 21

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia (Barristers') is proud to sponsor its 31st Thanksgiving Drive on Saturday, Nov. 21. Each year, members of the Barristers' personally identify local families in need of support. They also contact area churches for the names of families that need support during Thanksgiving. Once the families are notified, Barristers' members distribute "turkey baskets" at the Cozen Police Athletic League, located at 732 N. 17th St. (17th and Brown streets). The Thanksgiving "baskets" will contain turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert and more.

For questions about donating or volunteering on Nov. 21, please email Amber M. Racine at amracine@raynesmccarty.com.

Annual HIAS PA Refugee Thanksgiving Nov. 22

HIAS Pennsylvania is set to celebrate Thanksgiving with newly arrived refugee families at its annual Refugee Thanksgiving, at the Old Pine Community Center, on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 2-5 p.m. Come welcome some of Philadelphia’s newcomers as they first experience this uniquely American tradition. Share food, music and dance from around the world. Volunteers, prepared foods or monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

The Old Pine Community Center is located at 401 Lombard St., Philadelphia. Space is limited. To RSVP, offer a donation or volunteer, please contact Sarah Kaeppel at skaeppel@hiaspa.org or (215) 832-0923.

Face to Face Turkey Trot Nov. 26

The annual Face to Face Turkey Trot is scheduled to take place at Fairmount Park, Chestnut Hill, on Thursday, Nov. 26. Registration for the five-mile run and one-mile fun run/walk begins at 7 a.m. The run features a five-mile USATF-certified course, chip timing and tech shirt for all registrants.

All proceeds benefit Face to Face, a human services organization that provides free meals, nurse-managed healthcare, legal and social services, computer training and children’s after school and summer programming to the impoverished Germantown community. Visit www.facetofacegermantown.org for more information or register here.

Judges Needed by Nov. 30: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

The Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association ƚMABLSA) invites you to participate in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition (TMMTC) as a competition judge. The MABLSA regional competition will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 through Saturday, Feb. 7, 2016. The top three teams of the competition will advance to the national competition, which will be held March 10-13, 2016 in Baltimore, Md. The TMMTC is one of the largest and most prestigious mock trial competitions in the country, and typically draws between 100 and 150 teams.

If you are interested, please sign up via MABLSA's Judge’s Form by Nov. 30. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Deirdre Laws, regional mock trial director, at mablsa.mocktrial@nblsa.org.

Raven Society Jabberwocky Jam (Winter Gala) Dec. 5

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia's Raven Society (Young Friends) at its Raven Society Jabberwocky Jam in the Skyline Room and Terrace of the Parkway Central Library on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. It will be an extravagant evening of Mad Hatter fun and fundraising for the Free Library of Philadelphia. The gala will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's mind-bending classic "Alice In Wonderland" in black-tie style or whimsical Alice attire. $100 for Raven Society members and $125 for non-Raven Society members. Ticket includes dancing, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and open bar.

Please visit freelibrary.org/ball for more information and to purchase tickets. For questions please contact Josephine Lewis at LewisJ@freelibrary.org.

Family Law Section Annual Dinner and Award Reception Dec. 15

The Family Law Section cordially invites you to its Annual Dinner and Award Presentation at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. At the event, Hon. Robert J. Matthews, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, will be honored with the Herbert R. Weiman SR. & JR. Award.

Registration includes one drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres and a three-course dinner. A cash bar will be available. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is located at 10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia. For more information and to regsiter, click here.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software

MyCase is the premier web-based legal practice management software. Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one platform at an affordable price. MyCase is offering a 10 percent lifetime discount to Philadelphia Bar Association Members. Visit mycase.com for more information.

Member Benefits from Reedman-Toll, Abington Art Center

Reedman-Toll, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is happy to offer all Philadelphia Bar Association members the following discounts at all of our dealerships (Reedman-Toll Auto World, Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Spencer Chevrolet).

  • Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.
  • New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).
  • Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.
  • 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)

Reedman-Toll Auto World (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar) is located at 1700 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, Pa. 19047. For sales, contact Gloria Wagner at 215-757-4961, ext. 200.

Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is at 140 Old York Road, Jenkintown, Pa. 19046. Contact Terri White at 215-690-3770, ext. 2000.

Spencer Chevrolet is located at 840 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064. Call Fred Stenger at 484-472-6290, ext. 2210.

You must present your Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at philadelphiabar.org in the Member Center section. You must be logged in to your profile to access the Membership Card.

Abington Art Center

Philadelphia Bar Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on store purchases and 10 percent off annual memberships for new Abington Art Center members.

Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts a part of your world. We believe art should be engaging, approachable and, above all else, fun. At Abington Art Center, you won't just observe art. You'll touch it, feel it, create it and be a part of it. Membership card must be presented to receive discount. Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, Pa.

Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.

To get in on the fun, just visit the Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.

Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

PNC Perspectives: What’s Missing from Your Wealth Plan?

How do you know if your wealth strategy is working as hard as it can for you? In this month’s interview, I sat down with Bill Whitmore, CFP®, vice president and senior wealth planner at PNC Wealth Management, to discuss the importance of creating a comprehensive plan – one that covers the many inter-related aspects of a person’s financial life click here.

Upcoming CLE Courses

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Nov. 9
LGBT Issues in Foster Care and Homeless/Out-of-Home Youth: Understanding challenges and finding solutions
3 substantive/1 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Online Agreements (Video)
2 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 10
Elder Law Update
3 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

What Will You Do with Your Practice? Succession Planning for Lawyers
2 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 11
Advanced Storytelling & Persuasion Skills for Lawyers (PEG)
6 substantive/0 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; check-in at 8:00 a.m.
Lunch is included

Pregnancy Discrimination (Video)
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 16
We Differ as Rational Friends: A Debate between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
2 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

PLI - Patent Litigation 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Nov. 17
Advanced Concepts in the Defense of Licensed Medical Practitioners
3 substantive/1* ethics
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; check-in at 8 a.m.

2015 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update
4 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

PLI - Patent Litigation 2015
11 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Nov. 17 - 18
22nd Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
10 substantive/2 ethics
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; check-in at 7:45 a.m.

Nov. 18
Top Ten Mistakes Philadelphia Businesses Make
3 substantive/0 ethics
12-3:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Buying and Selling Homes in Condominiums and Planned Communities
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Nov. 19
The Essentials of Copyright Law
4 substantive/0 ethics
12-4:15 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Start-Up & I.P. Issues for Tech Companies (Video)
2 substantive/0 ethics
9-11:15 a.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 20
Environmental Enforcement Actions
2 substantive/1 ethics
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Wage & Hour Law Symposium
5 substantive/1* ethics
9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is included

Election Law, Campaign Finance, and Lobbying Disclosure
4 substantive/0 ethics
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in at 8:30 a.m.

*Earn as many as four credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at pbi.org/help/about-distance-education. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.


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